Welcome to MW-Gaia

MW-GAIA will provide European leadership in understanding the Galaxy, its stars and planets, enhance the potential of the community in its scientific exploitation of the observations of more than a billion stars with the European Space Agency's Gaia satellite, and enhance the development of the next steps in astrometry and space astrometry missions.

The Action brings together key stakeholders from across Europe, to leverage expertise, and develop new techniques to fully maximise the scientific returns from Gaia's rich and complex data.

Five key challenges are addressed: The Milky Way as a Galaxy, The Life and Death of Stars; Planetary Systems Near and Far; Gaia Fundamentals: Space and Time; and Astrometry Innovation Challenge – towards sub-μas astrometry. COST enables the vital Action activities, supporting exchanges, training and meetings.

The Action will have a significant legacy, creating a dynamic and vibrant network of researchers with expertise in the study of the Milky Way, its constituents and the art of Astrometry. Participation is inclusive, with researchers accessing the Network from across Europe, irrespective of their gender or location.

This COST Action commenced 14 Mar 2019 and will complete 13 Mar 2023

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WG1/WG4 Workshop: The Galactic Centre and Inner Galaxy

The first WG1/WG4 workshop on the Galactic Centre and Inner Galaxy will take place virtually, hosted in Heidelberg, DE: 10-12 February 2021.

Deadline for registrations is: 10 January 2020

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STSM OPEN Call: Visit period extended to end Sep 2021

The STSM short visit call is now OPEN on a continual basis. Applications iwill be reviewed on a monthly basis based on those received by the last day of every month.

The COST grant period has recently been extended and hence the exchange visit can now take place to ensure that the visit has completed by 30 September 2021. Proposals from those who have attended a MW-Gaia Workshop or School are especially welcome.

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STSM now an OPEN Call

The STSM short visit call is now OPEN on a continual basis. Applications iwill be reviewed on a monthly basis based on those received by the last day of every month. The exchange visit must take place to end by 31 March 2021. Proposals from those who have attended a MW-Gaia Workshop or School are especially welcome.

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4th STSM Call Open

The 4th STSM short visit call is now open. Deadline for applications is 24 September 2020 The exchange visit must take place to end by 31 March 2021. Proposals from those who have attended a MW-Gaia Workshop or School are especially welcome.

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MW-Gaia at the EAS 2020 Annual Meeting

There will be a MW-Gaia presentation at the EAS 2020 Annual Meeting. This will be in Symposium S10 "Gaia: The (two) billion star galaxy census: The promise of (E)DR3 and ground-based synergies" - 29+30 June 2020. See S10 page. There will be many MW-Gaia and Gaia related presentations of interest to the MW-Gaia Community.

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